The Gabbie Kylie Foundation runs an field school internship program offering the opportunity to experience the cultural heritage, seascapes, outback, and wildlife of Western Australia’s south coast.
The program provides practical field training, cultural activities, and workshops, centered on:
- Traditional Culture and Life Styles
- Indigenous and Maritime Archaeology Methods and Fieldwork
- Human-Environment Interactions over the last 10,000 years
- Methods of archaeological survey, mapping, recording, and excavation
- Wildlife surveys and threatened species monitoring
- Practical experience in heritage conservation and rehabilitation
- Bush survival, hiking and navigation
The field work is part of a holistic research program conducted by a range of specialists in collaboration with the Traditional Owners:
- Modelling and understanding past climate change and the formation of the Recherche Archipelago and the present day mainland.
- Archaeological surveys and excavations to examine patterns of human occupation and use of this landscape over the last 10,000 years, and documenting known and recently discovered rock art sites and other cultural features.
- Searching for evidence of the rich maritime history, including the investigation of shipwreck sites and the activities of Australia’s only known pirate, Black Jack Anderson.
- Surveying for and monitoring populations of rare and endangered flora and fauna, including the Australian Fur Seal, Western Ground Parrot, Cape Barren Geese, Whales, and Great White Sharks.
Each participant is expected to work full days, including some work in the evening. Often conditions will be demanding and similar to those commonplace when carrying out archaeological fieldwork and for working professionally in the discipline.
This field program operates under the guidance of the Traditional Owners of the various areas.
You will be instructed on:
- the use of GPS,
- use of topographic maps,
- site recording forms,
- identifying and recording stone artifacts,
- use of a dumpy or total station,
- field surveying,
- excavation and understanding stratigraphy,
- data analysis,
No previous experience necessary for this field program school.